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Collaborative decision making in an Australian University : the impossible dream?

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by D Holloway
Managerialism is the dominant management practice in higher education decision-making. Collaboration is only allowed, or even actively encouraged, in teaching and research. In all other organisational matters there is a prevailing top-down approach to decision-making. The result is managers who believe that they always know better than those they manage. This paper challenges that dominant philosophy. It utilises a qualitative study of the latest strategic planning process at Murdoch University where there was an attempt to use a more collaborative and participatory approach. It concludes that there will need to be significant changes in organisational culture; communication processes; leadership ethos; and, management mindsets before effective collaboration, in the form of employee participation and involvement in decision-making, can develop and flourish.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Edith Cowan University; International conference; Murdoch Business School;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference